This Roadsmith Joker Trike is Wild!

White Bear Lake, MN (November 9, 2011) – Each month Roadsmith selects a special “Trike of the Month” to celebrate the amazing modifications that their customers perform on their trikes… and November’s trike is a real show stopper.

This month’s winner was submitted by Brian Roland at Central Motor Sports Honda in Mt. Pleasant, MI. This trike is an extraordinary example with more bling and custom accessories than you could ever imagine.  The owner’s name is Jack (Joker) Burt (Joker is his road name) and this incredible trike was a labor of love for him along with all of the people that helped to make his dream a reality.  The paint, based on the character from Batman, was done by Hogger @ Hogger’s Custom Paint and the unique rear spoiler was hand pounded out of solid aluminum by Bill’s Custom Fab.

Some of the amazing custom items on this trike are the Green LED lights all over and under the trike body and floor boards as well as additional white LED’s shining down on the chrome front wheel. There are so many electrical components on it that the dealer had to install a second fuse box just to accommodate everything.

One of the most distinctive features of this trike are the eyes on the trunk door (the “Heath Ledger Joker”). The eyes are working running and brake light while the lights in the spoiler are run brake and turn.  All of the dash, rear speakers, lower cowl, and all of the removable frame pieces were “wing blinged” at a company that custom dips the pieces so that they look like carbon fiber.   The rear rims are Boyd Coddington chrome wheels and the exhaust was fully custom built with carbon fiber cans.

All in all, an incredibly striking, custom trike that turns heads everywhere it goes… proving there are no limits when it comes to imagination.

Roadsmith is based in White Bear Lake, MN where it manufactures and distributes twelve different trike conversion kits for Honda and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  They are also represented by over a hundred dealers in the U.S. and Canada as well as their own retail locations, The Trike Shop at Destination Daytona and on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, FL.

 

Valerie Thompson Partners with BMW Team for New Land Speed Records

(Scottsdale, AZ) – August 3, 2011 – Valerie Thompson has partnered with Kerry Alter / Julian Bivins Racing  Team to attempt setting multiple land speed records with a BMW 1000 Super bike for the 8th Annual BUB Speed Trials. The team’s goal is to be the world’s fastest 1000cc production motorcycle and gain membership in the prestigious 200 Mph Club. The “200 Mph Club” was formed in 1953. Today there are 678 members, with only 15 females officially listed.

Kerry Alter, partner in the KA/JB Racing Team, explains their decision to hire Valerie, “We started by selecting the perfect bike, the BMW S 1000RR. Next we had to find the best racer to pilot this two-wheeled rocket. Fortunately, both of us had Valerie at the top of our list! After one meeting with Valerie and a hand shake, we had our deal to make another “assault on the salt”. Kerry will also attempt a new land speed record driving a Susuki Hayusbusa in the 1350cc class at this years event.

Julian adds, ”Valerie brings amazing driving talent and competitive spirit to our team. In addition to being an accomplished and fearless racer, she adds great depth to our marketing capabilities. For us, this is the perfect match”.

The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are held August 27through September 1 at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover Utah. The event is hosted by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), which verifies and sanctions all US national records. All world records are verified and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motoclisme (FIM). Over 300 racers will attempt land speed records this year, yet less than 10% will set records based on historical performance, signifying the difficulty of  this endeavor.

Valerie Thompson Background

In 2006 & 2007, Valerie set two Land Speed Records at Bonneville piloting a panhead Harley Davidson provided by Keith Ball of Biketnet.com. Valerie has risen from a competitor in the All Harley Drag Racing Association series, to being a team owner/licensed competitor in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle Series in less than five years. The NHRA is the worlds largest drag racing association.

Valerie is also a spokeswoman/motorcycle presenter for the world’s largest auto auction company, Barrett-Jackson, and spokeswoman for “Val’s Pals” Children charities, most notably, HopeKids.

Kerry Alter/Julian Bivins Background

In 2007, Phoenix Arizona resident, Kerry Alter and Julian Bivins joined forces to set a new Land Speed Record in the 1000cc Modified Class at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2008 Kerry formed Team CrashaLot LSR. By the start of the 2011 season, Kerry had accumulated 5 Land Speed Records, with a top speed of 195.8.  Julian is a 2-time Land Speed Record Holder. This year, the team’s goal is set new records in the FIM 1000cc class with Valerie Thompson piloting the BMW 1000cc Superbike.

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BIC Challenges 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Attendees to Shave for Charity

BIC® Flex4® razors is bringing the BIC 4 GOOD program to South Dakota’s 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the BIC 4 GOOD Barbershop.

 

  • August 4th through August 13th, BIC will continue their 2011 BIC 4 GOOD fundraising efforts by asking the nearly 500,000 estimated attendees at the 71st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to shave their heads, mustaches, beards and goatees to raise funds for Sturgis’s own Kids & Chrome Foundation
  • Kids & Chrome is a charity whose mission is to mobilize the generosity of the motorcycle community, enrich the lives of children and preserve the history of motorcycling.
  • BIC will also be presenting the custom chopper built by Orange Country Choppers and featured on an episode of “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior” in February 2011 to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Paul Teutel Sr. will visit the pop-up BIC 4 GOOD Barbershop on August 10th at Buffalo Chip Campground to encourage rally attendees to shave their heads and raise funds for charity as well as to show off the BIC Flex4 chopper in person

BIC 4 GOOD at the 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Kids & Chrome Event
Sunday, August 7 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Garden Event Center at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground

Start rally week on a good note by supporting Kids & Chrome at their annual bash where BIC will unveil the OCC custom-made BIC® Flex4® Chopper. The bike will be on display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame for all to see following the rally.

BIC 4 GOOD Barbershop
Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 13 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Buffalo Chip Campground, just south of the Main Stage

“Get Real. Get BIC.” Stop by the BIC 4 GOOD Barbershop at the Buffalo Chip Campground to raise money for Kids & Chrome. BIC will donate $40 for every head shaved at the barbershop, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $10,000, up to a maximum of $15,000. Going bald is good!

Paul Teutul Sr. Visits the BIC 4 GOOD Barbershop
Wednesday, August 10 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
BIC 4 GOOD Barbershop at the Buffalo Chip Campground

Meet Orange County Chopper owner and reality TV star, Paul Teutul Sr, who will be on hand to sign autographs, challenge rally goers to go bald for good, and to present the keys of a brand new OCC custom-designed BIC Flex4 Chopper to the grand prizewinner of the “Get Real. Get BIC.” national sweepstakes, that ran from April 1, 2011 through through June 30, 2011. 

Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks, and Prugh Design Announce “S.D.C.”

Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, and Prugh Design, all based in South Dakota, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the design, manufacture, and badging of a custom trike tentatively scheduled to roll out at the American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, February 2012. The new custom trike, the “S.D.C.” will showcase the design and manufacture prowess of the three companies.

Stated Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes, “Discussions about working together on a custom trike began last year, but schedules between all three companies have conflicted until recently. We are very excited about this new venture and anxious to get to the drawing board!”

Combining styling, design, manufacturing, and distribution, the three companies create the perfect team to bring a unique product to the trike industry.

Michael Prugh of Prugh Design, a full-service and innovative design company, has already collaborated with Lehman on designing the body styling on Lehman’s latest trikes: The CrossBow powered by the Victory Vision and the very successful Storm for the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. “We are really looking forward to working with Lehman and Klock Werks and bringing a forward-thinking, unique trike to fruition”, stated Michael.

Known worldwide for their innovative custom building and accessories for motorcycles, Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles said, “This exciting new partnership will emphasize our commitment to supplying new and exciting products to the motorcycle industry.  As the trike industry continues to rapidly expand, there are great opportunities for us to work together well into the future”.

Once unveiled in 2012, the custom trike will be manufactured by Lehman Trikes and distributed through Lehman Trikes dealer network.

For more information about Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.

Coolbeth Seventh on Factory Harley-Davidson at Sacramento

Smith Edges Carr for Win; Halbert Still Leads Series

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 30, 2011) –  Screamin’ Eagle® Harley-Davidson® Factory rider Kenny Coolbeth placed seventh as the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship made a thrilling return to the Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo Center. Fasthog.com/American Harley-Davidson rider Bryan Smith won the race by just 0.042 seconds after a long battle with Chris Carr on the American Motorcyclist Association Harley-Davidson XR750. Zanotti Racing /Schaeffer`s Harley-Davidson rider Jake Johnson was third, also aboard a Harley-Davidson XR750.

Once a regular feature of the Grand National schedule, the famed “Sacto Mile” at the Cal Expo Center had not hosted a Grand National Twins event since 1999. The return of the AMA Pro flat trackers drew a capacity crowd.

Coolbeth started the 25-lap main with the lead pack, running in third position behind Carr and Johnson in the early going. Carr and Johnson opened a gap and battled back and forth for the lead, passing and re-passing on each lap. On lap 16, Smith caught the leaders and split the pair, and engaged Carr in a back-and-forth battle over the closing laps, with Johnson lurking close behind in third. Carr appeared to set up Smith for a drafting pass to the finish, but spun his rear wheel slightly coming out of turn four. Smith was just able to hold off Carr, who won the last Grand National race in Sacramento in 1999. Johnson finished third, 0.223 seconds behind Smith. Rogers Lake/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees was fourth, followed by series points leader Sammy Halbert on the Kings Kustom/White’s Harley-Davidson XR750. Coolbeth closed out the race in a battle with Brad Baker on the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/TeamHurtByAccident.com Ducati. Baker beat Coolbeth to the line by just 0.003 seconds to take sixth place. Johnson also won the four-lap Dash for Cash bonus sprint.

After 12 of 21 rounds in the 2011 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship, Halbert has 222 points with Johnson and Mees tied for second place with 218. Coolbeth is fourth with 188 points.

The next race on the AMA Grand National Twins schedule is Aug. 27 on the Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Company Information

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com

The Screamin’ Eagle Flat Track team is sponsored by Matco Tools.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster to be honored at 2011 induction ceremony

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Roger DeCoster’s name is practically synonymous with the sport of motocross, and he is generally recognized as the best-known MX racer in the first 50 years of the sport. On Friday, Nov. 18, he will be honored as a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at the annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

When DeCoster was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, his racing accomplishments were simply remarkable: five 500cc Motocross World Championships, numerous 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories and four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships.

He also was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams, was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro) and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title.

DeCoster continued to find success after his racing career. He was the manager of the first U.S. team to win the Motocross des Nations in 1981, and managed many U.S. teams at the prestigious event over the years to the present day. He currently is in charge of KTM’s Supercross and motocross efforts in the United States.

His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as “The Man.”

“Roger DeCoster is not only a motorcycling legend in America, but around the world,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. “It’s truly an honor for us to be able to honor him.”

DeCoster, who joins Kenny Roberts as Legends honorees at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, said he was humbled to receive the honor.

“It’s always nice to receive this honor, and yet on the other hand I still have a job to do, and I feel like I still have something to accomplish!” DeCoster said. “I am really looking forward to hanging out with Kenny Roberts and reminiscing with all of my friends.”

After decades in the sport, DeCoster said a few moments stand out.

“Looking back, it was a very good feeling to win the 250cc [Trophee des Nations] and 500cc [Motocross des Nations] nations’ titles in 1981 as the American team captain,” he said. “It was the first time for the Americans to win the biggest motocross events in the world. Also, to win it [Motocross of Nations] again last year in America was very special.”

As a team manager, he has also been part of many memorable AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross campaigns.

“It felt great to win championships with Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed,” he said. “Perhaps the best for me has been Ryan Dungey’s title last year because he was a mid-level guy who became a top-level guy. It’s a great feeling that the team accomplished this.”

DeCoster will be honored during the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2011, which includes motocross promoter Stu Peters, noted magazine editor Phil Schilling, industry leader Fred Fox, roadracing champion Doug Polen and early motorcycling pioneer Norbert Schickel.

The Class of 2011 will officially be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. In addition to the induction ceremony, the weekend includes the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 19, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. The AMA Racing Championship Banquet closes out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 20, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2011 accomplishments.

Tickets for the AMA Legends & Champions weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e3rn4juk2e3f80c1 

  Tickets may be ordered over the phone by calling (800) 262-5646.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series on Saturday evening, Nov. 19. EnduroCross tickets are available atwww.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross 

 or by phone at (702) 284-7777 or (888) 234-2334.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2011 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group AMA or AMERICANMOTO. Online room reservations are available at RedRockLasVegas.com

 For online reservations, use the promo code RCIMOTR.

More information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org 

House Bill Approved To Exempt Kids’ Off-Highway Vehicles From Lead Law

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. House has approved legislation by a vote of 421-2 to exempt kids’ off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead law that essentially bans the sale of those machines at the end of the year, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

On Aug. 1, Reps. Mary Mack Bono (R-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) introduced H.R. 2715 to grant the exemption. The measure earned House approval later in the day and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The Senate is considering similar legislation — S. 1448, the Consumer Product Safety Flexibility Act of 2011.

“This is excellent news for families around the nation who enjoy responsible motorized recreation,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “Now the challenge will be to get our federal lawmakers to agree on one version of the bill and to send it to President Obama to be signed into law.

“It is vital that a lead-law exemption for OHVs be signed into law not only because it will once again allow families to enjoy riding together, but also so that children aren’t forced to ride adult-sized machines that they may not be able to operate safely,” Dingman said.

The legislation exempts OHVs — including kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) — from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

The CPSIA bans the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part. It also requires all children’s products undergo periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is responsible for implementing the law.

The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed by then, the sale of child-sized dirtbikes and ATVs will effectively be banned.

The CPSIA was designed to ban small toys with high lead content. But because of broadly written language in the law, it has been interpreted to apply to all products for kids 12 and under, including dirtbikes, ATVs, bicycles, clothing and books.

The AMA has been at the forefront of the fight to exclude child-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA for more than two years. The association has participated in news events to focus media attention on the issue, lobbied on Capitol Hill, and organized campaigns to encourage riders and parents to contact their federal lawmakers and key decision-makers to exempt kids’ OHVs from the CPSIA.

As a result, every single member of Congress, as well as members of the CPSC, has received powerful statements from members of the AMA and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), which is a partner organization of the AMA.

The AMA continues these efforts through its “Kids Just Want to Ride” campaign. To get involved, and to see more of what the AMA has done for the past two years in its efforts to exempt kids’ OHVs from the CPSIA, go tohttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/KeepKidMotorcyclesAndATVsLegal.aspx

Remebering 9/11: A Ride to Pay Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes

LONG BEACH, CA (August 1, 2011) ACCORD Community First, a Long Beach non-profit, announces a tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes and first responders on September 11th, 2011. This year marks the10th Anniversary of the nation’s tragedy and the 9th year of the Remember 911 Motorcycle Ride. The Official Ride will wind its way from Cooks Corner in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County; west to the coast; north up Pacific Coast Highway passing through southern California beach communities; and ending at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay Landing in Long Beach. Riders will be met with cheering crowds, families and friends, first responders and patriotic American’s of all types along the route.

Participants are able to register as an Official Rider at http://www.remember911ride.com

Information about making personal donations to the Remember 911 Memorial Fund; details about the days FREE Tribute Concert, Military flyover and Fireworks celebration as they unfold can also be found on the site.

It all started 10 years ago with local Long Beach Fireman Gary Biggerstaff who upon returning from Ground Zero started a west coast tradition by building a memorial of  343 crosses with the names of each of the fallen in his front yard for the public to honor those who perished on 9/11. In the years following, he and a few friends added a solemn motorcycle “Ride of Honor” which has grown to include thousands of volunteers and more than 1700 Riders from all over southern California passing through three counties along the way.

This year partnering with ACCORD, the ride will end in Long Beach at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay Landing and culminate with a dedication ceremony, a special FREE tribute concert, Military fly over and commemorative fireworks display to close the day on the West Coast the evening of 9/11. This year the encore event will mark the first year the Ride will establish a fund that will go to Firefighters and selected Charities in Long Beach, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, so that we may honor the lives of the brave men and women who serve as our first responders. The day’s goal is to “never forget’ as we continue to remember those who have served us to keep our nation free.

Biggerstaff says “honoring these fallen heroes and their families has always been my mission.” Since that fatal day and for the past (10) years Gary, friends and volunteers have honored our fallen with a solemn vigil in his neighborhood and on the 911 Ride to Remember. It has grown to be more than the neighborhood is able to handle with thousands returning each year. “This year we hope to keep the memory of 9/11 fresh in the hearts and minds of every American with this Tribute and by establishing a Memorial Fund that will bring to mind the memory of America’s heroes each year going forward”, adds Biggerstaff.

ACCORD Community First is a non-profit workforce development organization that provides training and support for unemployed, challenged youth and military in the 9-county southern California region. ACCORD has become the organizing arm of GaryBiggerstaff’s10 year project to honor and support America’s first responders. For more information please visit the website or call: David Zanatta at: 562 244 7644 for details, donations and sponsorships for the event.

Pirelli Releases Diablo Super Biker iPhone App to Record Your Riding Performance

The Diablo Super Biker App tracks your speed, lean angle and route on the road and racetrack, allowing 
you even to share with friends!
Milan (Italy), August 1st, 2011 – To honor the success of the Diablo family of performance tyres as copious companions for sporty road and racetrack use and its renewed role as Official Tyre Supplier to the Superbike World Championship, Pirelli has released the Diablo Super Biker iPhone App via the Apple® App StoreSM and iTunes.

Start to measure your riding performance and discover everything from your lean angle to your corner speed without having to buy or mount expensive equipment on your bike. The new app is free and full of useful functions to get the most out of the GPS tracking technology of Apple’s iPhone 4 for immediate feedback on your rides.

It’s like having a transponder and GPS tracking device right in the palm of your hand. Run your own bike or tyre test with this user-friendly statistical data tool for comparing results. Visualize your favourite or best lap in the circuit or recent road ride, then easily upload and share them on Facebook®, directly from the app.

Download it for free and you’ll have available:

  • Choice between road or track mode
  • Bike telemetry data recording
  • Lean angle measured using GPS tracking technology
  • Measure speed, distance and lap time during track sessions
  • Display recorded sessions via Google Maps
  • Share your best rides via Facebook

The Diablo Super Biker app is currently compatible with iPhone 4 and requires iOS 4.2 or later. It is now available on Apple’s App Store in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. For more information, please visit www.pirelli.com

 , or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pirelli
 and follow us on Twitter:@Pirelli_Media

Scrap Metal Beast From Bangkok

If there were a list of the most out of this world bikes, this one would be at the top of it. This motorcycle looks alot like a Predator and will definitely get looks coming down the road. That’s Right!..it’s fully functioning, not just some prop from a sci-fi movie. Somewhere deep in the depths of the twisted but creative mind of Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn, 54, (don’t try to pronounce it) is where this “creature” was first conceived.
A modern day motorized Frankenstein, this freakish creature was cobbled together from parts salvaged from of old dead cars and bikes in various states of decay in and around his Ko Art Shop in Thailand.   If you’re interested, Roongrojna has three other shops scattered around the country and claims international clients across the globe.